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Local swimmers to compete at state (02-21-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE Sentinel Sports Editor   
Thursday, 21 February 2013 11:03
State qualifiers from the Bowling Green Swimming Club (from left): Emmy Sehmann, Peter Burroughs, Hannah Keiser and Alyssa Decker. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Four local high school athletes have qualified for the state championship swimming meet in Canton this week.
Today, Bowling Green's Emmy Sehmann and Eastwood's Alyssa Decker and Hannah Keiser are competing in the Division II preliminaries. On Friday, Bowling Green's Peter Burroughs swims in the Division I preliminaries.
The Division II finals are Friday and the Division I finals are Saturday.
''They did very, very well last weekend,'' BG head coach Gary Layne said about Sehmann's and Burroughs' efforts at the district meet. ''They are goal-driven and they have some exceptional talent. And then tied to that, they have the desire to work hard and that equals success.
''When you have somebody like that, you just stay out of their way and let them improve.''
Sehmann, a sophomore, advanced to the state meet after setting district records in winning the 200 freestyle (1:49.76) and 500 freestyle (4:56.81). She is the fourth seed in each event for the state meet.
''She made a huge step last weekend to the next level and now we can see what we can do from there,'' Layne said.
Both Decker and Keiser earned at-large bids.
''That was their goal this year, to see if they could make it to the state meet,'' Eastwood head coach Carolyn Strunk said. ''We went to a high school meet in Canton back in December to hopefully prepare them for the facility, the pool and everything that is there, except for the spectators, for the state meet.
"Hopefully it won't be as a much of a shock to them as it will be for other first-time competitors at the state meet.''
At the district, Decker, a freshman, was third in the 100 butterfly (1:00.14). She is seeded 23rd.
"Her main stroke is butterfly and that's something that she showed a lot of promise in as a young swimmer along with the individual medley and the breast stroke,'' Strunk said. ''We really had to make a choice this year because you can only swim two events in high school.''
Decker choose the butterfly and the IM and swam in both at the district.
Keiser, a sophomore, was third at the district in the 200 individual medley (2:14.85) and is seeded 24th.
''She had a great swim in the IM at the district meet and that was a really good accomplishment for her to be able to swim that event in Canton this weekend,'' Strunk said.
In the Division I district, Burroughs won the 100 breast stroke (58.53), setting a district record, and he also won the 200 individual medley (1:57.70). Burroughs, a senior, is seeded fourth in the 100 breast stroke and ninth in the 200 individual medley.
''Peter has put in a couple of years of very hard work and didn't see as much as we would have liked to at the end of those years as far as fast swimming,'' Layne said. ''This year made it well worth while.''

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